Vases to be planted in the soil should be planted at least 1 meter deep beneath the earth’s surface. They do not need to be wrapped or otherwise protected from the dirt. The main point is to put the vases in locations where they will not be disturbed for many many years.   They should therefore not be placed right on a main path (nor directly beneath one), and they should be in a place where they will not be disturbed by earth moving equipment, or unearthed by tree roots if loggers come through, and so on.   They should also not be buried in your backyard or dug up if you have to move from your home.  They should also not stay on the shelf inside your home indeterminately.  They are meant to be buried in the earth as soon as possible.  When a vase is placed, the participants may congregate and say some prayers or make some wish for the success of the vase in promoting world peace and ecological stability.  It is very important that the peace vase be buried and not kept in someone’s home, on a mantel or bookshelf.  They need to be placed.  Also,  the vases are not for sale nor should they be sold.    Please contact our Peace Vase Coordinators so you can find out where placements still need to be made around the world.   And, if you have any unplaced vases in your possession, please also contact our coordinators so that we can track the placement process accordingly.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche has requested that a photograph be taken of every vase as it is buried or tossed into the water.    And there is a form that should be filled out, the Placement Report Form, and sent to the Peace Vase Project team with details about the placement.  Once this information is received, the general location of the vase will appear on our map on this website.


How To Prepare Peace Vase-1B WEBFirst, please consider the water body you will be putting the vase into.  You do not want to put the vases where they’ll be caught by a strong current and carried away, like for instance, in a massive waterfall or at the mouth of major tributaries to the ocean.  Calm spots in the water or those protected by rocks are ideal.

Vases going into water must first be sealed in a concrete or polymer (some kind of quick to harden plastic) shell. The easiest method is to put the vase in a flower pot, pour the concrete on top and then toss the whole thing into the water (flower pot and all) once the concrete has cured, which can take 2 to 3 weeks for ordinary concrete and a couple of hours for plastic/polymers.

The following is a very thorough method of encapsulating vases for water immersion:

Get and mix as follows:

2 parts coarse sand [containing small aggregate]
1 part cement
1 part 1/4″ granite chips

Mix sufficient quantities uniformly to fill the volume of a large plastic flower pot (approximate dimensions:

330mm dia top 
240mm dia base 
280mm deep)

You will also need a thin long stiff stick.

Then, introduce FEBOND SBR (or something similar) to the mix.  (FEBOND SBR is a BUTADENE-STYRENE- EPOXY LATEX CO-POLYMER).  This is introduced into the dry mix in place of water. This strengths the bond and creates a structure which is more durable and much more resistant to water ingress.

Gradually add the epoxy-polymer until a relatively stiff mix is obtained which is then easily handled.

Fill the pot almost to the brim with the mix and allowed it to partially set before the vase is introduced.

Then force the vase down to midway in the pot holding it in position using the stick. Carefully remove your hand and put the rest of the concrete mix around the hole you made when introducing the vase.   Using a longer stick, push the concrete around to get rid of as much air as possible from mix.   Slowly remove the stick and fill in the resulting hole and smooth the surface with a trowel.   Leave the pot outside in a frost-free environment to set for approximately two weeks.   Then the prepared vase is ready to be placed.

Dimensions of a peace vase – height: 14 cm, diameter : 10 cm, weight up to about 600 gms (weighs less in winter).